I'm a multitasker — always answering emails while attending a Zoom meeting and keeping one hand on my coffee cup. Even when I'm not working, I like being able to accomplish one thing while doing another. Right now, I'm working on crocheting a blanket while staying up-to-date on true crime shows on TV. (Shout out to Dateline!)
My multitasking mojo extends to the products I buy as well: Kitchen gadgets that do double duty, office supplies that clear more than one thing off my desk, tech gadgets that tackle smartphones and smartwatches at the same time. This entire list is a compilation of exactly those types of gadgets — multifunctional tools that do the job of two, four, even eight things (check that kitchen "bottle" below!). So whether you're looking for a hand warmer/phone charger combo or a notebook you can "wash" and reuse, you're sure to find something that will simplify your life and double up on functionality.
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Mama Said "Freshen Your Spaces"
Stinky fridge? We've all been there. It's like a weird, smelly treasure hunt to figure out what exactly has gone bad to dump it in the trash ASAP. This two-pack of "moms" — that's an angry mom to clean your microwave and a cool mom to deodorize your fridge — delivers a playful spin on the kitchen tasks of sanitizing your microwave and refreshing your fridge. Simply toss one of these moms in, add baking soda (cool mom) or vinegar and water (angry mom) and watch them get to work.
Flashlight Gloves That'll Make You Feel Like Spider-Man
Does it count as multifunctional if one of the tasks it solves makes you feel like a cooler version of yourself? I'm going to say yes, and these flashlight gloves deliver in spades. They're the perfect thing to put on to do work in dark spaces and give off a Spider-Man vibe while you're doing it. An on-off button on the back makes it easy to operate, while the LED lights give illumination exactly where you need it.
A Night Light With A Lot Going On
Bedroom space is limited, isn't it? Take a look at your nightstand, if you have one, and you'll likely see a hodgepodge of chargers, books, electronic devices, and a water bottle (or three). This 5-in-1 gadget will free up some of that space. You get a dimmable night light, Bluetooth speaker, mp3 player, digital alarm clock, and wake-up light in one color-changing package. It's so cute you might just want one for every room of the house.
Show Everyone What You've Got
I think we'd all agree there are a zillion gadgets out there like this Echo Show, but once you invest in one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. I have both a Google Nest Hub Max and this smaller (and cheaper!) alternative, and I like them equally. The Echo Show offers everything from video calling to entertainment to smart home capabilities to thousands of recipes. Grab one for the kitchen and another for any room where you want a hub of info at your fingertips.
Track A Whole Host of Health Concerns
Fitness trackers are all the rage, but it can be hard to know which one to buy and where to find the best deal. Luckily for you, I've done both with this fitness tracker that will only set you back $24. It includes a heart rate monitor, waterproof fitness band, step counter, and calorie counter — everything you'd need to stay on top of your health. It comes in six shades: Black, green, blue, pink, red, and purple.
This Rotating Power Strip Lets You Plug All The Things In
You know how some plugs are huge and bulky (lookin' at you, Macbook)? Not to worry, this power strip has rotating outlets so you can plug even chunky stuff in without losing the use of any of the outlets! It has eight outlets with heavy-duty surge suppression and built-in cord management so even though it's bigger than your normal powerstrip, it won't be a huge mess of cables and cords.
Wave Hello To Your New Favorite Notebook
I know what you're thinking: What's a notebook doing on this list? Well, let me introduce you to the notebook to end all notebooks. The Rocketbook Wave is a smart notebook that transforms your handwritten notes to digital ones via popular cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and email. It comes in two sizes and includes the pen required to make the notebook work. When you're finished with a note, you can blast it off (see what I did there?) and reuse it hundreds of times.
This Alarm Clock Doesn't Jar You Awake
This alarm clock helps me naturally wake up for the day with soothing nature sounds like running water or birdsong. My husband doesn't need to get up as early as me, and I found he prefers this over my old alarm clock or my phone, which has the same alarm as his. Plus, it charges your devices!
This Tiny Mic Makes Music Magic
I giggled — not laughed — giggled when I saw this itty-bitty microphone for the first time. I mean, if Barbie was going to sing karaoke, this is probably what she'd use. Nevertheless, the adage, "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it," definitely applies here. It's a tiny microphone that works with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, perfect for online chatting and voice recording. It's offered in blue, pink, silver or gold.
Get Smart With These Outlets
I don't know why it took me so long to buy these Amazon smart plugs. I have "smart" lightbulbs, timers that turn off and on by themselves, and other gadgets to help automate home basics. I finally broke down and bought two of these and it changed my life. Now I can control electricity with just the sound of my voice, using Amazon's Alexa services, and it makes me feel happy ... and all-powerful.
Weigh And Measure In One Fell Swoop
Here's another kitchen gadget that'll free up some extra space in your cabinets. This measuring cup and digital scale combo is accurate and easy to use and comes with an automatic shut-off and a washable cup. The large LCD display is easy to read, too. My favorite feature, without a doubt, is the cup that detaches that can be thrown into the dishwasher. Clean-up dilemmas, solved!
Turn Your Phone Into A Killer Camera With These Lenses
Your smartphone already does it all so it's hard to imagine it can be enhanced to be even more spectacular, but here we are. This photography kit includes four lenses, a tripod, and a remote shutter to capture all your best moments. The lenses include telephoto, fisheye, macro, and wide-angle options. One reviewer called them "an amazing combination of the best phone lenses."
Espresso On The Go
If it's the morning ... or sometimes even the afternoon ... you won't find me far from a cup of coffee. If I'm out and about, a stop at Starbucks is almost a given. But, I know there are places that Starbucks can't go to. This portable espresso machine will accompany you in those spaces. The Minipresso injects water into the coffee adapter and with a few manual pushes, voila! Coffee.
Charge All Your Gadgets In One Wireless Station
Banish your random cords and plug-in chargers forever with this sleek all-in-one charger that juices your smartphone, smartwatch, and Airpods at the same time. This wireless charging station is compatible with numerous phone manufacturers (and is case-friendly!) and its minimalist presentation is the perfect accent to any room. Select it in black or white for less than 30 bucks.
Boost Your Phone's Screen and Sound With This Magnifier
If you've ever wished your phone screen was just a smidge larger, grab this magnifier that, surprise!, also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker. Call coming in? No problem. The magnifier's built-in buttons allow you to take the call and then get back to business. It can also be used as a photo frame if you can ever put it down or a music player when the show is finished. For less than $30, it's a steal.
This Water Bottle Is Full of Hidden Features
Struggle to get all your water in every day? I feel you. I have the best of intentions, and then 2 p.m. rolls around, and I've barely managed a few sips. What I need is someone to tap me on the shoulder every 15 minutes and say, "Hey, hydrate!" Or, I could buy this 3-in-1 water bottle that will do it for me. The light feature is designed to be a reminder to drink, drink, drink. It also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker.
Save With Ease Thanks To This 3-In-1 Flash Drive
Amazon / SiCK
I know there are myriad cloud storage options out there, but sometimes I just a good flash drive. This one is particularly special because it not only works to save files on your computer but also fits into your smartphone's port, allowing for a simple storage option of your precious photos that live in the gadget you hold in the palm of your hand. It comes in several colors and storage sizes up to 512GB.
This Cleaning Gel That Transforms Your Electronics
Cleaning your keyboard is basically impossible, right? But think about all of the gross gunk that's hiding between the keys! This gel changes all that. Stick it anywhere that you can't get to so it can lift dirt, dust, and other nasties with ease. It also works great on hard-to-reach places in your car.
Make Quick Work Of Your Kitchen Duties With This Multipurpose Chopper
Amazon / Myk Wall
Chop? Check. Slice? Check. Dice, cut, grate? Check, check and check. This 11-blade kitchen accessory makes mincing, slicing, dicing, and grating vegetables fun and easy. Craving salsa but don't love the prep? Thinking today would be a perfect day for soup, but don't want to hang out in the kitchen chopping for hours? From slicing tomatoes to chopping onions, this gadget simplifies it all.
This Phone Gadget Is Handy On The Go
Sure, PopSockets are great, but can they do all of this? This 3-in-1 phone accessory combines a safe hold in your hands, a prop for watching movies, and a mount for your car while you're navigating the roads. Best yet, when you order for less than $12, you get not one or two, but six of these accessories for future phones, extra cases or to share with friends and family.
Make Massage Time Anytime
This might be my secret favorite product on this list. (Don't tell the others.) This massager works on the back, neck, and shoulders with the addition of heat. Choose from three built-in strength levels utilizing eight deep shiatsu kneading massage nodes. The long handle straps help you guide the massager to just the right spot to deliver warmth and relaxation. More than 19,000 reviews make it a solid pick.
Track All Your Belongings With This Tracker System
Always losing stuff? I'm pretty careful with my things, but I know many people who struggle to keep up with their keys, wallet, phone, and more. Gift them (or yourself) these trackers. Whether you need one or 100, the price tag for these smart tags won't bust your budget at just $10 per piece. Sync the trackers with the SwiftFinder app, and you'll always know where your stuff is hiding.
Get Plugged In While You're In Bed
I feel like I'm always searching for a charger, a charging cable, or an available outlet to plug into. Now you can stash some extra outlets and USB ports in a place no one will suspect — right under your bed. These bed risers with built-in outlets and ports accomplish a few things simultaneously. It adds height to your furniture, additional storage underneath, and — of course — a convenient place to get charged.
Light It Up With An Electric Lighter
When is a lighter not just a lighter? When it has a built-in corkscrew and bottle opener, too. This electric lighter is a really chic piece of gadgetry, coming in black or wood grain. It features a windproof and waterproof flameless design and is rechargeable via USB. The five-inch-long neck is the perfect length for lighting candles or fireworks or to take camping, or other occasions.
This Phone Case Means One Less Thing To Remember
I use a case very similar to this and since I started, I've found I can't go back to the typical case. This folio wallet case protects your device, gives you space for credit cards or a few bills, and closes shut to protect everything from falling out. It comes in colors from brown to rose gold and even has a few options with a wristlet attachment. It's the perfect solution for keeping everything close at hand when you don't want to carry a bag.
Extend Your Outlets With Socket Shelves
Amazon / bambiboats
File this in the "I have personally tried it" category. I honestly thought these were super gimmicky before I purchased them, but after having (and using) them for a year or more, I can confirm they are truly useful. I have a socket shelf in my bathroom, which expands my single outlet into essentially three, and I've found myself using the USB ports as my quasi-charging station for external batteries and my Kindle.
Sleep With Your Tunes Using This Bluetooth Headband
If you love falling asleep to music but are sick of spending 15 minutes the next morning trying to find your earbuds in the bed covers, this sleep headphone band is calling your name. Equipped with a wireless headset inside, you can wear this as a headband or a sleep mask and doze off to your favorite tunes without the dreaded next-day scavenger hunt. Other great uses for this find include an accessory while running or blocking out nosy neighbors on an airplane.
Wave Your Wand And Your TV Will Obey
Harry Potter fans, rejoice! The Muggles will never get you down with this "magic" wand that acts as a remote for your television. Your wand can "learn" 13 infrared remote control codes and replay them at your command with 13 easy-to-learn gestures. It also works with other home electronics, including DVD players, DVRs, stereo systems, and more. Simply twirl the wand clockwise to change channels or program the wand to pause/play when the wand is brandished up and down.
This Mini Charger Is Great For Juice On The Go
Can you ever have too many chargers? My take is no. But, no one wants to haul a heavy power bank around with them at all times. This mini power bank delivers enough juice while you're out to get you home to a charger and can easily double as a keychain — at 7 oz. and the size of a credit card — with the included carabiner clip. It comes in a host of colors, from olive to pink.
Doll Up Your Desk With This Monitor Riser
Amazon / Rachel B.
Since I've been working from home, I've discovered that my desk keeps getting more and more cluttered with stuff. It's necessary stuff, though, so I'm not really complaining. But, I finally had a light bulb moment and thought to order a monitor riser like this one from Jelly Comb. Not only does it safely hold my large computer monitor, but it provides extra storage beneath as well as a phone stand and storage drawer.
Corral Your Keys With This Tile-Enhanced KeySmart
If anyone's ever accused you of sounding like a janitor with your colossal ring of keys, you need to invest in this KeySmart key holder. You can compactly organize up to 10 keys with this unit in a Swiss Army knife-sized package. This key holder also features built-in Tile technology. Synced with the Tile app, you'll be able to find your keys anywhere, even if they've slipped down between the couch cushions.
The Fire Tablet Is A Multi-Tasking Marvel
Few things get me as fired up as a good book and, over the years, I've transitioned from hard copies to digital ones. This seven-inch Fire tablet is more than just an e-reader, though. You can also browse the internet, watch videos or listen to music, all with the support of Alexa built-in. There are a host of apps to choose from and it also comes with front- and rear-facing cameras.
These Gloves Keep You Warm And Connected
Stay connected even in cold weather with these winter gloves with touchscreen material on the thumbs, forefingers, and middle fingers. Made of partial cashmere, the thick elastic band at the wrist keeps the gloves in place so you'll never miss a group text or a Facebook post on your smartphone, tablet, or other touchscreen devices. Grab them in black, blue, or red in sizes from small to XL.
Welcome To The Laser Level Show
Picture hanging and household chores just got a lot easier with this laser level that combines a fine-tuned tape measure, a triple-positioned leveling bubble, and a laser level. This is a great addition to a tool bag and gives you myriad capabilities in one tool: Measuring locations and space and leveling nails for straight pictures. More than 12,000 reviewers have tried this out with success: "It's a pretty useful and handy tool because it's all in one."
Hand Warmer AND Charger? Yes, Please!
This is a truly genius combination of two things most of us can get a lot of use out of: A portable phone charger and a hand warmer for outdoor sporting events, hunting, or camping. The battery can be used time after time, while the hand warmer provides heat on both sides of the device. Available in black, pink, blue, or orange, it can easily slip in a pocket for the ultimate portability.
Grab This Highly-Rated 6-In-1 Hair Dryer Set
Amazon / CJ
This find is a little higher in price than the products we normally feature, but for a good reason. It's a cheaper version of a very pricey Dyson Airwrap, which comes in at around $600. For a tenth of that, you can enjoy a six-in-one hair tool that'll speed up your primping in the morning and be a breeze to pack when traveling. This do-it-all gadget includes a dryer and round, curling, and flat brushes.
Watch More Than Your Weight With This App-Enhanced Scale
Amazon / L. C. Bailey
Nobody likes getting on the scale, but you might enjoy it a bit more with 13 essential body measurements like weight, BMI, and body fat percentage, all backed by a dedicated app and syncing with health tools like Samsung Health, Fitbit App, Google Fit or Apple Health. This RENPHO scale is sleek and features four sensitive electrodes to help you get the best readings.